16 Sep
2016

In the last 7 days – uncovering the past and a return to routine

September always sees a return to routine and that's been true in the last few days. My Friday night yoga class has started again providing some chill out time at the end of the week.

 

Mid September also brings Heritage Day so I spent a weekend exploring the bits of town you don't usually get to see. I saw plenty of cellars, roof beams and realised how I fussed people in the past seem to have been about moving locations of Windows and doors.

 

This rather odd photo actually is actually layers of wallpaper some of which is Georgian or older!

I was determined to get one more barbecue in before the end of summer so I got up super early to bake bread rolls. As always I forgot how long it takes to get the coals to light!

 

V Catering were cooking at the Waiting Rooms again so I indulged in batter aubergine with chips, minty mushy peas and homemade tartar sauce.

 

And finished off by sharing some Oreo fridge cake and chocolate cake with an amazing frosting filling.

Words of the week: The best art divides an audience – attributed to Rick Rubin

 

8 Sep
2016

The last 7 days: salad samuri, Aquafaba and Bujo

 

Summer might be drawing to a close but Salad Samuri covers the entire year and is giving me lots of lunch inspiration for the coming months. What a great find at the library.

 

I'm going to Cuba later in the year and guidebooks are forming part of my daily reading along with lots of notes taken on index cards. It's like preparing for an exam!

 

I've finally started Bullet Journalling after I was convinced that I didn't need wonderful artistic skills! I'm trying it for a month and sharing my progress over at Ink Drops.

 

I started investigating Aquafaba recipes (vegan meringues, butter icing, and brownies) and realised you could make your own. I'm not sure if you're supposed to freeze it but experimentation is good, right?

My jam making experiments have been a bit messier. I have now converted the blackberries I picked on a recent bike ride into jar (rather more than expected resulting in a scramble for empty jars) and am slowly removing the carbonised sugar from the stove top.

 

Sushi has been a favourite dish this last month and I'm getting much faster at rolling it. Plus laying out the dish to look lovely is part of the fun.

 

Welcome to Night Vale has been my companion while working and I've finally caught up with several years worth of listening and am now listening to episodes from 2016! No more wondering if I'm the only person in the world listening and if it's all going to come to an abrupt end.

Words of the week: Life requires trade offs – Ryan Holiday

 

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